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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

One Giant Superstition


New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning tells a neat personal anecdote about the NFC Championship game last season, in which the Giants beat the Packers at frigid Lambeau Field.

Manning relates his story during a one-hour documentary, “America’s Game: 2007 New York Giants,” to air on the NFL Network on Sept. 3.

Manning, who admits to being superstitious, said that when his then-fiancée, Abby McGrew, sat in a suite during games, the Giants’ record was 1-6. He was determined to make sure she sat in the stands at Lambeau for the game.

“I said, ‘Abby, I’m sorry to have to say this, but you are going to have to sit outside for this game,’ ” Manning said. “I said, ‘I’ll get you all the warm clothes. I’ll get you the works. But you are going to have to do it.’ ”

After the game, Manning went looking for her in the stands in Lambeau. He thought he knew exactly where she was sitting.

“I know where she is,” Manning said. “I bought these tickets. Row seven, seat one. She should be right there.

“But sure enough, she was in the box,” Manning said. “She was in the box the whole time. She wimped out and sat in the box. She’s happy because she ruined that jinx. So she thinks she can sit in a suite now.”

Manning and McGrew were married this summer.
Don't mess with karma, Eli. If she'd been sitting in the stands instead of the box, you'd have gone 0-7 instead of 1-6.